Zimbabwe’s one of the finest wicketkeeper-batsman Brendan Taylor has decided to call it quits from international cricket after playing Monday’s (September 13) ODI against Ireland in Belfast. Consequently, it will be his last international assignment for the national team.
The 35-year-old made his debut in 2004 in a match against Sri Lanka and has been a key member of the country’s ODI set-up ever since. The captain of the Zimbabwe team in the 2011 World Cup tournament, Brendan Taylor has played 283 international games so far, including 34 Tests in which he scored 2320 runs at an average of 36.25, 204 ODIs in which he aggregated 6667 ODI to date, and 45 T20Is amassing 934 runs.
The player has 11 ODI centuries under his belt, which makes him the leading century-maker in the format. Taylor is only short of 109 runs from breaking Andy Flower’s national record of 6786 ODI uns.
“It’s with a heavy heart that I’m announcing that tomorrow (Monday) is my last game for my beloved country,” Taylor wrote in an Instagram post announcing his retirement.
“17 year’s of extreme highs and extreme lows and I wouldn’t change it for the world. It’s taught me to be humble, to always remind myself how lucky I was to be in the position I was in for so long. To wear the badge with pride and leave everything on the field.
“My goal was to always leave the team in a better position as to when I first arrived back in 2004, I hope I have done that.”
“Finally to my wife @tkellyanne and our four beautiful boys (sic). You have meant everything to me on this journey and it wouldn’t have been possible without you. No more airport heartaches. I look forward to our next chapter. I love you all very much,” said Taylor.
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